Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo: 390 minutes without a goal...

It might seem crazy to highlight such a streak but for the Portuguese not to net in four consecutive games is a relative eternity

11:06am on Monday 22nd June 2020
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Cristiano Ronaldo has gone four games without a goal for the first time in a long time.

It hasn't happened in a Juventus shirt in nearly two seasons, and indeed the last time Ronaldo failed to score across a longer period was at the beginning of the 2018/19 season, when he didn't score in the final two games of the World Cup against Iran and then Uruguay, before beginning slowly for Juve.

He failed to net against Chievo, Lazio and Parma as he begun his Serie A career, making it 450 minutes without scoring a goal, the longest period Ronaldo has suffered across the last six years of his career.

In this current run he is at 390 minutes; the Portuguese has drawn a blank against Lyon in the Champions League, Inter in Serie A, and then against AC Milan - where he missed a penalty - and Napoli in the Coppa Italia (including the 30 minutes of extra-time).

Granted, the barren run extends across pre and post lockdown, but it's clear that coach Maurizio Sarri is a little concerned, stating that he felt Ronaldo was 'lacking sharpness' in the cup defeat to Napoli last Wednesday.

Ronaldo is not the type of player to let this type of thing worry him, and his FC Average Rating across those four matches is 6.8, which is far from terrible.

Ronaldo's last 390 minutes

Ronaldo match stats

FC Av Rating6.8
Mins Played390
Touches In Box37
On Target4
% Accuracy16%

But here at FC we wrote last month about how Ronaldo's numbers are most definitely slowing down as the 35-year-old attempts to attain as much as he possibly in the relatively short time he has left at the top level.

Has the coronavirus lockdown, and not playing a competitive game for over 100 days, hindered Ronaldo to the extent that the decline is now terminal?

He has fixtures against Bologna today (Monday), Lecce and Genoa in the next week to prove that talk of his total regression is unfounded. We'll be watching on with interest.


Is Cristiano Ronaldo finally beginning to slow down?

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